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How to Build a Classic Sawhorse

How to "Build" a Classic Sawhorse

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I'm in the process of replacing a pair of my 15-year old sawhorses that have been a key component of my workshop. I recommend the early Fine Woodworking article by Sam Allen in FWW Sep/Oct 1980, No...

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A Childs Windsor Rocker

A Child's Windsor Rocker

I'm currently working on a Child's Fan-Back Arm Chair. The original was built in about 1760 in New England. However, I am converting this original design to a Rocker.  I chose a knife-blade style...

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Carving Gouge Selection for Bell Flower Inlay

Carving Gouge Selection for Bell Flower Inlay

This next semester at school, I will be teaching the construction of a Baltimore Pembroke Table. It features beautiful holly inlay and stringing in the mahogany pieces. The table also includes...

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Final Step: A Small Six-board Chest

Final Step: A Small Six-board Chest

The following are the final steps in modeling the Small Six-board Chest. Now that the Till Top is installed with its dowel pivot joints, test the rotation by choosing the Rotate Tool. With the Till...

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Step 5: A Small Six-Board Chest

Step 5: A Small Six-Board Chest

The Front and Back captures the Till Front and Bottom with a 3/16-in. shallow dado and groove. With the Front still hidden, select the Back for editing and then click to select the inside face of the...

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Step 4: A Small Six-Board Chest

Step 4: A Small Six-Board Chest

This is Step 4 of a continuing series - Creating Till Components To open access for making the Till components, right click on the Front and Back and choose Hide from the menu. To create the Till...

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Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

Step 3 - Small Six Board Chest

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In this Step the chest bottom, front and back are created. Use the Line or Rectangle Tool to create an edge face for the Bottom. Double click on the rectangle, then right click, and choose Make...

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Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

Step 2 - Small Six-board Chest

This is the second step in creating the model of the Small Six-board Chest. I've shown below the final result after about 10 steps. Step 2  the image below shows the scanned image in SketchUp...

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Small Six-board Chest in Steps

Small Six-board Chest in Steps

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In the next several weeks, in a sequence of Steps, I will show a process in SketchUp for making a Period piece of furniture. See Figure 1. I've selected a Small Six-Board Chest found in a book by...

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The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

The Power of Nested Components - Music Stand

This is an 18th C. Music Stand that was made in Williamsburg, VA in about 1760. This was one of the furniture pieces being re-constructed and shown in this year's Working Wood in the 18th C. It's a...

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Planning Efficient Lumber Use

Planning Efficient Lumber Use

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Our woodworking group will be making multiple Adirondack Chairs for a Summer Camp dedicated to children with cancer. For a successful project,we will need a detailed and coomprehensive design of the...

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A Design Process for a Street Library Box

A Design Process for a Street Library Box

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There are numerous methods of design, as each woodworker develops a unique and successful way of creating a project. Many woodworkers start with rough hand sketching that proceeds to detail...

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A Fluted Column - Music Stand

A Fluted Column - Music Stand

I mentioned in my last blog that the fluting of the tapered column was a challenge, and I went through several scenarios before finding a method that works. Not that this is the only method - I am...

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A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

A Period Music Stand - Williamsburg

Again this year, I attended the annual Working Wood in the 18th C conference. One of the pieces demonstrated this year, was a Williamsburg Music Stand 1750-1765. Bill Pavlak was the featured...

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Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

Working Wood in the 18th C. (Wine Cooler)

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Again this year I attended the annual Williamsburg program, Working Wood in the 18th C. It is always an inspiring event for me. I return home with new ideas and motivation for new projects. I also...

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Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Adirondack Conversion to a Double

Our local woodworking club will be making more Adirondacks for an outdoor camp in the Sierra foothills dedicated to families affected by childhood cancer. There is a large redwood clubhouse on the...

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A Catapult - A School Science Project

A Catapult - A School Science Project

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My granddaughter is in Middle School and it is that time of year for science projects. One popular engineering project is a Catapult. So we've been working together to create a model catapult. Here...

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The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

The Carcase Dovetail - Another Beginning Exercise

Sideboards, cupboards, desks, lowboys, highboys, and chests of drawers have legs or posts that continue up to the top, and a special lapped dovetail joint is needed (the carcase dovetail). This video...

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A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

A Japanese Box Using Photo Match

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In the following video I show an example of using the Photo Match feature in SketchUp. This involves importing a photo and making sure that you click on the third option Use as a New Matched Photo...

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Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Dovetails - A Beginning Exercise

Last time I showed an exercise in making the most used joint in woodworking - the mortise & tenon. In this exercise, I show how to make another very popular joint - the dovetail. The dovetail is the...

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